Senator Rochas Okorocha.
By Ejike Ikezuagu.
The EFCC’s suit against the former governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha is likely to be dismissed by the court, Ogene Ndigbo Newspaper has gathered.
The Federal High Court, Abuja last Monday threatened to strike out the suit by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Chief Rochas Okorocha.
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the warning following a complaint by the counsel for the EFCC, Cosmas Ugwu that all efforts made by the agency to effect services of court processes on Okorocha had been unsuccessful.
Ogene Ndigbo Newspaper gathered that Okorocha is expected to be arraigned on a 17-count charge, bordering on money laundering. Chief Rochas Okorocha is currently representing Imo West Senatorial District (Orlu Zone) in the senate. The lawmaker is the 1st defendant and will be arraigned alongside with Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.
On 22nd, February, Justice Ekwo adjourned the arraignment until March 28, after Ugwu pleaded with the court over the agency’s inability to serve the senator.
But then, last Monday when the matter was called up in the court, Ugwu informed the court that the matter had been slated for arraignment of the defendants. But, he however said, “Unfortunately the first defendant was yet to be served with the charge.”.
The EFCC counsel said numerous efforts made to effect the service, so that all the defendants could be charged together were unsuccessful. “In view of this, we plead with my lord to graciously accommodate us with an adjournment,” he said.
Justice Ekwo reminded Ugwu that on February 22nd, when the case came up, he had given the same excuse. “One month plus you are still coming to say you are yet to serve,” the judge said.
Ekwo said though he would grant Ugwu’s prayer for another adjournment, if he came up with the same excuse in the next adjourned date, the matter would be struck out. “This will be the last time this matter will be adjourned,” he said.
The judge said the adjournment was to see how serious the commission was in prosecuting the matter. He then adjourned the matter until May 30, for the defendants’ plea to be taken.
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